Ever since the peak time for my work was over, I have been diligently working on making progress on my quilting projects. I thought that if I kept myself busy, I could delay or avoid starting a new project. In the past, I would promise myself that I could start a new project after I finished an existing project, but the quilts I was working on were long term projects - BOMS which did not have all the months released - so that wouldn't work.
Until now, I was able to keep working on getting up to date on the Adrinka blocks, and making progress on the 1857 blocks. I decided it would be a good time to work on putting together the blocks for the Elephant Parade. That led me to think I could start this new project as a leader/ender. Or maybe the idea to work on the new project came, which led me to think I could put together Elephant Parade as a leader/ender. These two projects became tied together because they are pieced in similar ways. They are also similar because I am using the solids box for the fabric. They also share the white fabric.
I bought yards and yards of the white fabric when the modern movement first came out and I saw how a white background was necessary for most of those quilts. Yes it is tone on tone. I thought solids were a fad. Why pay the same price for plain as you pay for fancy?
I saw this free pattern on a blog during peak, and knew that I had to set it aside for later, but recently I saw someone else made this quilt and that reminded me all over again that it took great strength for me to not start it in January. I've held off starting this quilt since January!
It turns out that Elephant Parade does not work as a good leader/ender in its current state. I need to trim and measure my improv blocks. Some of them were made the standard size, but some of them were made to go into the sashing. What sounded like a clever idea when I was making them is going to be more work for me now. I also need to decide on the layout so I know which blocks need sashing.
Also, one part of the new quilt serves easily as the leader/ender for another part, which makes it easier to keep progress going at a steady pace.
I feel guilty for starting a new quilt. I make quilts for the joy of making them, not for the completed projects, so I really shouldn't feel guilty for not finishing something before starting this one, but I do anyway.
Linked to Monday Making, MCM #34 and Moving It Forward.